Why Social Media Matters

Why does a writer even need to spend time on sites like Twitter or Facebook? What does that have to do with writing at all?

Well, it doesn’t have anything to do with the actual writing process but if you want to make a platform, to have a fanbase, to connect with other writers, with new publishers and editors and readers than you need to get on the social media train. It’s a dangerous line to walk, social media takes time from writing or reading but in the long run I think that maintaining an active presence online is invaluable for a writer in modern times.

So, here are a few quick and dirty tips for social media:

1. It’s not a ‘BUY MY BOOK BUY MY BOOK’ platform.

Yes, advertise your books. Yes, ask people to buy them. But do not put that message on repeat. All you will do is alienate people and aggravate your followers.

2. Interact with people.

Say hello, respond to comments and tweets. Interact with people and have fun. Make people look forward to hearing from you.

3. Give up to date announcements.

Have to change a release date? Having a contest? Social media is one of the best ways to get out a short message quickly.

4. Keep up to date.

Social media is one of the best ways to keep track of what’s happening in the publishing world, and the writing world.

There are countless other ways to use social media, but I think that many writers really do need to begin creating a platform, building a fanbase and getting connected, but don’t get sucked in to just ‘tweeting about writing’ and not actually getting any writing done.

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